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Routes >> IRON AND COAL ROUTE
IRON AND COAL ROUTE: RIPOLL - ST.JOAN DE LES ABADESSES - OGASSA
The route
The Iron and Coal Route, in reference to the important ironworking tradition of the Baix Ripollès region and the mining of coal at Ogassa, follows the route that was once plied by the train. The 12 km of railway have been transformed into an ideal trail for enjoying a long walk or bicycle ride, and for reminding us of the industrial past that is an important part of our heritage. The section of railway going from Sant Joan de les Abadesses to Toralles remained in use until the mines closed down in 1967. The Sant Joan de les Abadesses - Ripoll section remained active until 1980, the year of its centennial anniversary.

The route links Ripoll, at an elevation of 682 metres above sea level, with Sant Joan de les Abadesses (775 m). The entire route is paved and flanked by vegetation. The total vertical rise is 160 metres, and there is a gentle 1% incline.

This section of the track starts at km 9, right in front of the old train station at Sant Joan de les Abadesses. Some 300 metres past the station, the track crosses the road to Ogassa and begins to rise gradually along the valley of the Malatosca, a tributary of the Ter River that rises from the Cavallera range. You are alerted at each road crossing by cobblestones along the trail and proper signposting throughout the whole itinerary. The track crosses a long-distance (GR) hiking trail some 500 metres from the station, and then crosses the highway again just beyond the GR trail. The route is placid and runs without problem to a point some 2 km before Sant Joan, at the Toralles loading station, where the coal from the mining railway of Ogassa was received. The section of greenway running from Toralles to Ogassa is an ascent section. Ogassa (975 m) is located 4 km from Sant Joan de les Abadesses and 13 km from Ripoll.

The linking section of greenway with Olot begins at the Sant Joan de les Abadesses train station.
Technical sheet  
KILOMETRES
15 Km
VERTICAL
1%
DIFFICULTY
Minimal
PAVING
Asphalt agglomerate
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE
777 m (St. Joan Abadesses)
MINIMUM ALTITUDE
682 m (Ripoll)
SERVICES
Wc (in stations)
Picnic area
Sant Joan de les Abadesses All-Terrain Cycling Centre
Interesting areas
CAMPDEVÀNOL
  • Sant Cristòfol parish church
• Sant Llorenç de Campdevànol
• Querol spring
• Sant Eudald spring
• Sant Martí d’Armàncies
• Sant Grau hermitage

NATURE
  Ter and Freser riverheads, Núria valley and Camprodon valley

OGASSA
  Mining town

RIPOLL
  Santa Maria de Ripoll Romanesque monastery (12th century):spectacular portal, cloister and seven apses
Ethnologic Museum

SANT JOAN DE LES ABADESSES
  Medieval town
13th-century Romanesque monastery, where the famed Descent can be found

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Useful information

Tourist offices



CAMPDEVÀNOL
  Centre Cívic la Confiança , 6 Place Anselm Clavé
Tel. 972 73 00 19
turisme@campdevanol.org
www.campdevanol.org

RIPOLL
  Plaça Abat Oliva, s/n
Tel. 972 70 23 51
turismeripoll@ajripoll.com
www.ajripoll.org

RIPOLL - Tourist Reception Centre (CAT)
  and Greenways Interpretation Centre
Ctra.26, pk 193
Tel. 972 718 001
catripoll@turismecat.cat
www.turismecat.cat/index.php

SANT JOAN DE LES ABADESSES
  Palau Abadia, 9
Tel. 972 72 05 99
turisme@santjoandelesabadesses.com
www.santjoandelesabadesses.com

Conseils



OGASSA
  Ajuntament d´Ogassa
Tel. 972 72 03 80
ogassa@ddgi.es
webspobles.ddgi.cat/sites/ogassa/default.aspx

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Historic Higway and Catle Track
Walk or cycle the 4-km greenway from Campdevànol village along the historic highway and cattle track leading towards Gombrèn, and enjoy coming into contact with nature. The route passes Sant Eudald spring, Querol spring (a leisure area situated in a place of great natural beauty) and the Romanesque church of Sant Llorenç de Campdevànol.

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Linking Track Sant Joan de les Abadesses - Olot
The section of greenway which will take you from Sant Joan de les Abadesses to La Vall de Bianya is unfinished. Therefore, we provide an alternate route: linking to Olot, over the Coll de Sentigosa and Coll de Coubet passes as it follows the old GI-521 highway.

ALTERNATE ROUTE (22km)
Sant Joan de les Abadesses - Sentigosa highway (GI-521) - Coll de Sentigosa pass - Coll de Coubet pass - A-26 (formerly the N-260) - Olot.
How to get to

Iron and Coal Route

RENFE
L'Hospitalet de Llobregat-Puigcerdà Line (Ripoll Station)
C/ Progrés, 49 - 17500 Ripoll, Girona
Tel. 902 24 02 02
www.renfe.com

TEISA BUS COMPANY
Tel. 972 20 48 68
www.teisa-bus.com

HIGHWAYS
C-26, C-17, N-152
www.mobilitat.net

GIRONA-COSTA BRAVA AIRPORT
Tourist Office: Tel. 972 186708
Flight Information: Tel. 972 18 66 00
Tel. 972 20 48 68
www.aena.es

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